In a 1,200-square-foot venue, the staff at Epic Tavern & Grill celebrates sports in several ways, from showing live games unfold on its 25 TVs to naming each of seven quarter-pound, all-beef hot dogs after major-league sports teams. One option comes slathered in blue-cheese sauce with bacon bits and red onions, and another is entirely wrapped in bacon and drizzled in chipotle mayo. This creativity extends to five signature burgers, which range from a classic cheeseburger to the Sticky burger, adorned with creamy peanut butter and Kentucky-bourbon mayo. On Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday nights, diners put down their eats and get up from their tables to groove to the beats of live DJs.
At Mattress Closeout Center, the staff uses negotiation skills to continuously replenish a diverse inventory of brand-name mattresses—many of them culled from factory overstocks, liquidations, last-year models, and overruns. While grazing through one of the brand-name liquidation center's four locations, guests can sip a cup of complimentary Starbucks coffee or bottle of Coca Cola and research consumer reviews and retail prices on the store's iPad. Mattress Closeout Center also provides exact lists of inventory and pricing online, with a comparison of the store's discount prices beside the normal retail prices. The store's well-established rapport is also backed by myriad testimonials from satisfied sleepers and bounce-happy trampoline enthusiasts.
For three generations, Brainer’s Greenhouse has proudly sprouted leafy life forms in its plant nursery, providing customers with top-quality plants and products. Avid gardeners relish the lush variety of annual, perennial, and seasonal potted-plant options, such as 48-count annual flats including impatiens and wax begonias ($9.95), 1-gallon perennials ($9.95), and premium annual plants in hanging baskets ($14.95–$21.95). Moss hanging baskets and pillar geraniums offer stunning décor for outdoor patios and houseboat transients. Novices to the wilds of the backyard will appreciate Brainer’s pre-planted, patio-pot combination inserts, which allow for easy set-up and care. Various classes ($10+) offer continuing education on topics ranging from wildflower gardening to personal-container planting, in which participants help to plant each other in oversize terra-cotta pots.
The staff at Family Mattress and Bedding know that finding the perfect mattress often requires a lot of trial and error. That’s why they ask that clients set up an appointment prior to perusing the store so that an expert can guide them to the bed that suits them best. Their showroom houses twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, and california king mattresses sealed in their original factory packaging so that they retain their value when sold at an auction 100 years later. Each also comes with the manufacturer’s original warranty, and the staff can schedule delivery service and layaway plans if necessary.
A catnapper’s paradise awaits at Michigan Discount Mattress, where dozens of napping slabs await trial dozes. The mattress menagerie is populated with a variety of species, including beds woven from memory foam, natural latex, viscose, and soy-based natural foam. Though they range from soft, pillow-top styles to ultrafirm cement blocks, each mattress comes from a quality brand, such as Corsicana, Restonic, and Nature’s Sleep.
English Gardens began as a single, family-owned nursery in 1954, and has since blossomed into a full-service landscaping and garden center with multiple locations, all owned and operated by second-generation family members. Each location facilitates both indoor and outdoor gardening and holiday projects with a large selection of holiday lights, trim, decor, and gifts. The florist department brings the outdoor flourish inside by arranging fresh-cut floral bouquets and gift baskets for all manner of occasions. Workshops and in-store presentations also allow the green-thumbed experts to impart advice on common gardening and decorating topics such as building a kitchen herb garden or housetraining a dogwood tree. During the holiday season, English Gardens transforms each of its retail stores into spectacular Christmas centers with nearly 20 professionally decorated theme trees and everything needed to festively decorate homes.